August 4th/5th Event Report as published in The Sprinter

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August 4th/5th Event Report as published in The Sprinter

Post by shakespeare » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:20 pm

The holiday adverts read ‘come to sizzling Somerset’ and that’s exactly what we got for the southern section’s sixty year anniversary meeting; gorgeous weather, a blamey night for a barbeque and, oh yes some excellent racing despite Saturday’s heat that eventually got to your reporter to which I apologise for holding up the afternoon’s proceedings.
So, with a whole host of trophies, an ET Challenge to win on Saturday and the extra special Jack Daniels Dash for the quickest rider over the 1/8th mile on Sunday it was going to be a very busy weekend.
Although Class 2 for 50cc Racing didn’t run on the Saturday the honours eventually went to Peter Wilson’s 50cc Morini with a day’s best of 33.24s on his second run. The 125cc Racing class belonged to Martin Bracey and his Yamaha Special with a weekend’s best of 15.20 from Sunday’s runs while in the 250cc Racing division Pete Thomas took his PRS Hagon to both days class victories over Brian Priddle and Les Toogood at 16.61s. Moving up to the 400cc Racing class this category saw two different winners in the form of Neil Curtis on his Yamaha RD and the Clift Honda drag bike of Tony Pettitt with times of 11.61s and 12.65s respectively.
The 500cc category belonged to the 12.2s RG500 Suzuki of Alistair Bury on both days despite Neil Curtis jumping on his second machine on Saturday. As always the 750cc Racing class was the hot ticket of the weekend. Both Peter Ford and Simon Havercroft were in devastating form on their Suzuki’s. Saturday Pete took the Black Dragon Motorcycles bike to two low 9 second passes resulting in a day’s best of 9.28s at a 150.60 mph on one run alone but it was a GSXR day on Sunday with Simon’s 9.76s ticket taking the win. Pete meanwhile ended up fourth above Alan Tinnion’s Yamaha and the Kawasaki of Andrew Thompson when first gear shattered stretching the chain and taking with it 4 teeth off the front sprocket – ouch!
Tom Davidge made a clean sweep of the 1000cc class with a best of 9.82s from his Suzuki on Saturday over Curtis Wheeler and Ian Wicks, and that’s how the results looked on Sunday too. In the Unlimited class Clifford Long was in super quick form as his Hayabusa ran into the nines not once but twice; 9.92s and 9.73s for the class win on Saturday. Both Mark Taylor and Barry Curtis back with his reworked eighties Yamaha Funny Bike took second and third places; 9.81s and 9.99s respectively. Barry was also timed at 1.431s to gain the Quickest 60ft trophy. It was good to see former NSA chairman Phil ‘Paso’ Steele back in the saddle of the Parmy Express Kawasaki. Many of you will know that this bike in the hands of Keith Parnell and Phil has set records at nearly every sprint course in the UK so it was pleasing to see this Bonneville LSR machine back on the track where it rightfully belongs.
Sunday’s Unlimited results gave us a different story as Andy Boswell, whose still looking for that elusive nine, took the B&H prepared Harley to a 10.37s class winner over John Laker’s (Suzuki GSXR) 10.47s and Ian Baker’s similar Harley at 10.50s.
In the Unlimited 3 Wheeler category it’s amazing what can be achieved without having that extra weight straddling the rear wheel. And that’s what Dave Woodhead found when he came to the line Sunday minus passenger Darren Saunders and the rear wheel fairing. Everything was just perfect as the 1500cc Suzuki Superside sprinted up the course to a 10.06s at 146.20 mph for a new track record previously held by the V8 powered Syko machine of Graham Sykes. It was a better day for Dave Langley too having tried some new which are now old tricks on his Yamaha for a 13.43s best.
Moving on to the Vintage classes where 250cc and 350cc belonged to Peter Thomas (Triumph Tiger) and Douglas Kenyon (Velocette Mac) as the only class representatives at 18.13s (Sat) and 16.71s (Sun).
John Young’s Triumph Jap machines took the 500cc and 350cc class wins both days. Noah Harrison and Dave Benge came second and third both days on their Jap machines in the 500cc class while John Carter’s Velocette and the BSA of Jeremy Deeks took second and third respectively in the 350cc class. Saturday’s Scooter class had Tom Russell’s name written all over it with a day’s best of 14.66s achieved from his 230cc Lambretta while Bob West and Shaun Nickells battled it out for second and third. The Greaves Oulton of Tony Lockwood was in tip top form both days with a perfect 15.00s registered on the Saturday for the Classic Non Jap win while Jasper Joy blasted his 740cc Trident to a 11.94s. Kawasaki Triples racer Clive Hurst took the up to 500cc class win at 13.26s achieved on his H1 leaving Jason Winterson’s Yamaha to score the over 500cc win at 12.03s to wrap up the Jap class wins.
Moving on to the Road Legal classes Banbury’s Andy Ball was in fine form all weekend as his TZR 250 Yamaha took both days in the 250cc class with ET’s of 13.01s and 13.14s over Terry Morgan’s Yamaha FZR and the X7 Suzuki of Simon Hewer. Only Arthur Bosworth on his Aprilia RS got between second and third with a useful 13.46s. The 400cc class belonged to Alistair Bury over Chris Layzell and Peter Savell but then Martin Newton showed up on the Sunday and cranked out a 12.38s from his 400 Honda CBR to demote the rest down a place or two.
Although Alan Tinnion rode his Cagiva to a troubled 22 second ET on Saturday the northerner more than made up for the previous days poor showing when he wound up his R6 Yamaha to a 10.21s over Neil Jenkinson’s 10.57s Suzuki GSXR.
The 1000cc class was a mixed affair with both Steve Everett’s Kawasaki ZZR and the 1300cc Hayabusa as the only machines in the high nines at 9.94s and 9.90s respectively while in Super Street Barry Varndell simply gets quicker and faster whatever the conditions as his Z1170 Turbo Kawasaki knocked out a 9.53s on Saturday followed by an even quicker 9.26s on Sunday to take the fastest mph figures of the weekend at 156.32 mph.
Quickest day rider on Saturday was the supercharged and nitrous injected 1000cc Suzuki od Andy Lodge at 9.58s over Colin Carter’s 9.70s for second with his Suzuki 650 Bandit. On Sunday it was a bit of a three way fight between Lodge and Carter, and with 9.50 Bike racer Aaron Sparkes mixing it up a bit. In the end it was the Furlong Tyres rider who won the day at 9.48s followed by a 9.59s from Andy Lodge over Colin’s 9.89. Arron also picked up the quickest eighth mile time of 6.08s for the Jack Daniels Dash award.
As always full results with timing data from Portatree Timing can be viewed from the ‘Results’ page of the website.

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Re: August 4th/5th Event Report as published in The Sprinter

Post by shakespeare » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:52 pm

By: Pete Richardson

As part of the August 60th NSA Anniversary celebrations at Westonzoyland we (the committee) decided to have some dedicated awards for Saturday’s exploits which could be awarded at Sunday’s rider meeting. This is who won what and why:

Fastest Reaction Time Award
Won by Jasper Joy with 0.004 sec reaction – only his sloppily adjusted primary and final drive chains avoided a red light which a multitude of other riders achieved.

Quickest 60 Foot
Well if you use over 1,000bhp on a three foot wide slick then you’ll win as Barry Curtis proved with a 1.431 sec launch (You wouldn’t have beat it Terry!).

Overall Quickest Quarter Mile
There were a few contenders for this but Pete Ford prevailed with 9.28 secs and probably had an eight up his sleeve if required.

Fastest Terminal Speed
Also a close run award but Barry Varndell with 157.14 mph got the win on his 1980’s Turbo Nitrous Water Injected Kawasaki creation.

Vintage Classes Quickest Quarter
This was a real surprise as the up & coming young star beat all the well seasoned veterans hands down – of course he did because it was John Young at 13.00 sec.

Classic Classes Quickest Quarter
Another turn up for the books as the rider who won this is unknown in the world of Moto GP (lighter & hairier than Pedrosa, please note Repsol Honda)
Jasper Joy was victorious with 11.94 sec.

Weston Zoyland ET Challenge
The idea was that everyone guessed their quickest time & then the difference between what they actually ran & their guess was calculated. I was seriously worried at one point because Andy Ball and Clifford Long were tied on a difference of 0.20 sec – however Jasper Joy saved the day as he went one thousandth second closer and one the Trophy.

Best Startline Burnout
What a fix this was – I was so convinced I’d win it that I bought a hugely expensive Michelin Tyre wall clock I liked only to have the judge Jerry Cookson pass out (oops – ed) while I wasted £200 of back tyre in smoke. Simon Havercroft did a creditable job but Alan Tinnion won it by blowing his tyre in the process – though I did make him do the first 60 foot under power on the rim!

Other Awards
Fancy Dress – John Young & Magaret Shellard (Mickey & Minnie mouse)
Sunday Jack Daniels Dash 1/8 mile Aaron Sparkes 6.08 sec with Barry Varndell just 3 hundredths slower.

Next year both myself & Alistair Bury celebrate 60 years of planet life (plant life?) and it coincides with the Aug meeting - so expect something bigger & better next year.

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